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Star Wars

Star Wars directed by George Lucas(1977) 


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       Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guiness, Peter Cushing

       Up until about 12 years ago, when I finally, truly "got" It's a Wonderful Life, this film would have been my #1 or 2 favorite (alternating with its first sequel, The Empire Strikes Back). It's still in my Top 10. I missed the original release (I was 3 1/2), so I saw Empire first. I first saw this in re-release in the years between Empire and Return of the Jedi. At the time this was the perfect film. In many ways it still is.

       There are characters to appeal to everyone. We have the young hero (Luke Skywalker) setting off on his grand adventure and saving the universe. We have the hero of questionable reputation (Han Solo) for the "cool" factor. We have the beautiful princess (Leia Organa) who can be both the damsel in distress and the strong, independent woman who can take care of herself. Comic relief (C-3PO & R2-D2) - check. Wise old man (Obi-Wan Kenobi) - check. Scary, super-evil villain (Darth Vader) - check. Also scary, super-evil British guy (Grand Moff Tarkin) - check. And the special effects, most of them essentially invented for this movie, were awesome (and in many cases I still prefer the old effects to today's over-digitized films).

       Released in a decade when disaster movies were all the rage (Airport, Towering Inferno, Posieden Adventure), this was a film with a positive, good-wins-over-evil message that the whole family could enjoy. A young farm boy discovers he comes from a line of heroic knights and sets off with a wise old wizard on an adventure to places neither he, nor the viewer, has ever dreamed of. What kid, or kid at heart, can resist? Visually stunning and with the fun of the old cliffhanger serials, Star Wars was just what the world was looking for at that time. And it's never gone away since, thanks to the merchandising onslaught it begat (which I loved at the time, but I am so over it now). Disregarding that, this is still one of the most fun films you'll ever watch. Kids of all ages still love it. 

Star Wars directed by George Lucas was reviewed by MadMikeyD

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       I've seen many "contemporan" movies and I can say that none of them matches the story of this movie. It's my nr. 1 movie of all times. I want to say that the guy/girl that posted the previous post is wrong. Jar Jar Binks is  a funny caracter and the film was not "tarnished" with it's continuation. One of my favourite part of the movies was when young Anakin wins the race that frees him from slavery. It was a breathtaking film. If you love films, then you MUST see it once in your life. Bye. 

Star Wars directed by George Lucas was reviewed by Marius, Bals

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       Great Movie.  Great Great Movie.  The first three Star Wars movies were phenomenal movies.  Its a shame that they couldn't just stop there.  The legacy has been forever tarnished by the creation of Jar Jar Binks and it actually makes me like this movie a little less now.  Still a great movie and probably deserving of its top 5 slot. 

Star Wars directed by George Lucas was reviewed by Jack Jackson 

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